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 Another one.  Managed to get laundry and soup made, though not much cleaning.  I am almost done with the plumpy shawl, less than 10 rows left.  Of course, some cat chewed through the yarn between the knitting and the ball.  I'm blaming Sopie.  Maui has been very cuddly while I knit. In fact, I'd get up and do some picking up in the kitchen if he wasn't so adorable.  

Saw Captain Marvel with K.  Fun, fine movie if I don't think about it.  Which is my goal with movies.  

Mango Curry

Mar. 3rd, 2019 04:11 pm
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This curry seems to be pretty mild. I decided to make it because I have all the ingredients on hand. So for once, I pretty much followed the recipe as written. Well, I skipped the black pepper and used mango juice instead of pulped frozen mango. I think I'll use the leftover coconut milk when making the basmati rice.
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 1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 length lemongrass 
2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
4 cup chicken stock
1 can coconut milk
4 oz rice noodles
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 lime (juiced)
1 lb cooked shrimp

In a little oil in your trusty soup pot, cook cut onion and minced garlic for a few minutes.  Add ginger, lemongrass and curry paste and cook for another minute or so.  Add stock and coconut milk, cook for another 10 minutes.  Add noodles, fish sauce and brown sugar, cook until noodles are done (five minutes - I cooked mine first then added them to the soup).  Meanwhile, thaw shrimp under cold water and remove tails.  Add to soup with juice of half a lime.  
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Italic = read it. Underlined = not this, but something by the same author. Strikethrough = did not finish.
meme list )The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014)
The Stolen Lake by Joan Aiken (1981)
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (2001-2010)
Yokohama Kaidashi KikĊ by Hitoshi Ashinano (1994-2006) [partial]
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Stinz: Charger: The War Stories by Donna Barr (1987)
The Sword and the Satchel by Elizabeth Boyer (1980)
Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue by Rosel George Brown (1968)
The Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (1987)
Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler (1980)

Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey (2010)
The Fortunate Fall by Raphael Carter (1996)
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (2015)
Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant (1970)
The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas (1980)
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh (1976)
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (2015)

Diadem from the Stars by Jo Clayton (1977)
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)
Genpei by Kara Dalkey (2000)
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (2010)
The Secret Country by Pamela Dean (1985)
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany (1975)
The Door into Fire by Diane Duane (1979)

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (2016)
Spirit Gate by Kate Elliott (2006)
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (1970)
Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (1983)
The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss (1997)
A Mask for the General by Lisa Goldstein (1987)
Slow River by Nicola Griffith (1995)
Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly (1988)

Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand (1990)
Ingathering by Zenna Henderson (1995)
The Interior Life by Dorothy Heydt (writing as Katherine Blake, 1990)
God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell (1982)
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (1998)
Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang (2014)
Blood Price by Tanya Huff (1991)
The Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes (1980)
God’s War by Kameron Hurley (2011)
Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (2014)
The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2015)
Cart and Cwidder by Diane Wynne Jones (1975)
Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones (2014)
Hellspark by Janet Kagan (1988)

A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough (1979)
St Ailbe’s Hall by Naomi Kritzer (2004)
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz (1970)
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner (1987)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier (2005)
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)

Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee (Also titled Drinking Sapphire Wine, 1979)
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (2016)
Wizard of the Pigeons by Megan Lindholm (1986)
Adaptation by Malinda Lo (2012)

Watchtower by Elizabeth A. Lynn (1979)
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy (1983)
The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald (2007)
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh (1992)
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre (1978)
The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip (1976)

Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees (1926)
Pennterra by Judith Moffett (1987)
The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe (2010)
Jirel of Joiry by C. L. Moore (1969)
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2016)
The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy (1989)
Vast by Linda Nagata (1998)
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton (1959)
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (2006)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (1993)
Outlaw School by Rebecca Ore (2000)
Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (2014)
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (1983)

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy (1976)
Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack (1996)
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti (1859)
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (2011)
The Female Man by Joanna Russ (1975)
Stay Crazy by Erika L. Satifka (2016)
The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (1988)
Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott (1985)
Everfair by Nisi Shawl (2016)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski (1986)
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (1970)

Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree, Jr. (1978)
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1996)
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge (1980)
All Systems Red by Martha Wells (2017)

The Well-Favored Man by Elizabeth Willey (1993)
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams (2004)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (2012)
Ariosto by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1980)
Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga (2005-present) 

So about half read, with a good tried or read another book by the same author.  Based on my impressions of what of this list I've tried, maybe I should use the rest as starting point when I stare at my books, not sure what to read next (it's like staring at the open fridge).  

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Inspired by bars brought by my vanpool coordinator. He did not yet send me his wife's recipe, and I couldn't find one online that tasted like hers. And then I decided to use up some things that have been hiding in the cabinet for years. Hopefully the canned supplies are still good and I don't poison myself (and Lawnchair).

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1.5 cup flour

1 can almond filling*
1/2 cup raspberry jam**
1/2 cup + chocolate chips
1 cup frozen raspberries

Using hand mixer, soften butter. Add in sugar, then flour. Press mixture into bottom of oil 9 x 13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 for ten minutes.

Spread almond filling on top of base, then raspberry jam. Sprinkle chocolate chips and raspberries over top. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. If there are no posts after this, do not follow the recipe. I am dead of food poisoning.

*this is what's going to kill us. It doesn't taste any more poisonous than almonds normally do, but it is old

**using sugar free because that's what is hiding in the cabinet and the other choice is raspberry jalapeno which doesn't sound right
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Which I did not manage to do on Thursday. I did craft in public by meeting up with the Thursday group which is now meeting at one of the coffee shops. There's overlap in this group with the spinners that meet at Yarn Barn and Spinsters.

And Friday was the Fiber Guild Christmas party, which I did end up going to. I'd been debating all week, because I'm really not going to guild meetings much, partially because of the large number of new members and partially because I hadn't figured out what to bring to the potluck. I ended up thinking of hummus at the last minute, so made a batch with an old can of chickpeas in the half hour I had at home. I finally got something at the swap that I liked - a box of assorted wool top/roving. As usual, D claimed my handspun.

Knitting: Same projects. I'm slowly making progress on the socks, but the vanpool has been crowded and dark so I skip working on them most days. Plus I'm considering undoing them and restarting with smaller needles. The pink monstrosity is done except for the ribbing on the bottom of the body. I did not finish the UFO sweater by the guild party, but I'm getting closer. I've got about thirty rows on one sleeve and the neck ribbing left to do. I'm also going to undoing the ribbing on the front of the body and lengthen the blue stripe some (I already made the back panel longer).

Spinning: I just finished the lichen targhee. I bought a braid of green and blue merino on Etsy, so I'm going to start the Green Maid project. The Green Maids will use four different braids of green or brown merino which I will do successive plying with, planning for a two ply fingering with enough length to do each "color" in a Jen (my go to long sleeve sweater pattern).
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I'm rereading Kate Elliott's An Earthly Crown with space !mongols. I find Tess and Diana's choices read differently now that I'm older than them. And now that I've read several of her books, I've noticed the theme of overly jealous men. So it feels appropriate that youtube played me Ghengis Khan. Of course, this Kazakh pop video also works.
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Just Finished: The Geek Girl's Guide to (Murder/Arsenic/Justice) trilogy by Julie Anne Lindsey. Fluffy romantic mysteries with a self described geek girl. Something about the representation felt shallow to me. Partially because there was more talk about her awesome costumes than mention of where they came from? I think there was one mention of a sewing machine. The family's holistic natural beauty products were a major plot point throughout the books, but no mention of how they were made, just about selling them. Some aspects of the main characters need to organize those around her reminded me of Meg Langslow (which reminds me to check if I can get my paws on the latest of that series), just less interesting. I enjoyed them enough to read all three, but not going to search out other books by the same author.

Currently Reading: Sing for the Coming of the Longest Night by Katherine Fabian and Iona Datt Sharma. Novella about a pair searching for their mutual lover in fairy land. So far I like how the magic system works - a combination of found objects and associations.

Next Up: Maybe a pair of Meg Langslow mysteries if the wait for the library's copies are to long. Otherwise I'll brainstorm.
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Maybe Thursday is better for fiber posts? First Thursday of the month is the spin in at the local shop, and I keep meaning to go to the knitting on the second and fourth Thursdays...

Knitting: Still on first Targhee socks. I really spun this thin, so should rip it out and knit with smaller needles. On the other hand, the socks are almost done. I've been very blah on the van, so haven't done much recently on them.

I'm almost done with the pink monstrosity. It's knee length, so I should probably just finish it. Instead I've been trying to finish the UFO sweater. Maybe I can get it done before the fiber guild party next Friday. Down to basically just the sleeves.

Spinning: Working on the lichen Targhee into sock yarn. I'm on the third single. I'd planned to take it to the spin in, but I was feeling lazy so took my latest spindle and one of the wool cupcakes. It is unknown fiber and I'm glad I'm not doing a full bump of it because... ack.

I'm trying to plot what to spin next. I've got two four day weekends coming up soon, so I'd like to see if I could bust out a sweater's worth. Either the burning maids project, or the Polwarth green/purple.
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Just Finished: The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff. One of the few military science fiction I still read. The selling point for me is that it is now about learning to veteran (in other words, learning to use those nifty military skills in civilian situations without freaking out your coworkers). There's a lot of focus on an inclusive military and the cost of seeing companions die. This being a Huff book there's a lot of unexceptional lgbt characters. Fluff, but fluff I need.

I DNFed An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon. A good book, but was not grabbing me. I kind of liked the main character, but at least one of the secondary characters continually pissed me off

Currently reading: Dramatick Rivalry by L. A. Hall is my to go book. I'm mostly reading it on my phone on my commute or during lunch, since I haven't wanted to haul my library books around. I find it low key slice of life. This is several books into the series, so don't start here.

Next Up: Maybe a Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Lindsey or The Monster Baru Comorant by Seth Dickinson. The Dickinson is a library book due Saturday, but.. I'm not sure I'm in the mood for that.
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But I'm out of the habit. For the last several years, I've mostly been using DW to read other people and store recipes (because I'm incapable of following a recipe I've found without changes, but sometimes I'd like to reproduce what works).

Current status is: Married (10 years as of today) to Lawnchair. Gainfully employed by the government as an environmental geologist. Living in my college town in a boring house with four cats: Grok,19 year old dilute tortie matron who gives no fucks; Ljubljana, 14 year old dilute calico who wishes I'd just feed her already; Sophie, 3 year old tuxedo bite happy (though never breaks skin) who I claimed when my coworker went abroad and he's never getting her back; and Maui, the year old spoiled boy of the house (we got Sophie when we realized that the two old girls were not energetic enough to keep him in line and he literally started climbing curtains).

Hobbies: Fiber arts. Currently spinning and knitting, though a history of dyeing and weaving. I'm occasionally active my local guild, but with the influx of new members I'm skipping most meetings. In the past I've done beadwork (and sold some), but nowadays I mostly use my stash for making stitch markers.

Reading: I'm a reading addict. Mostly science fiction and fantasy, but there's some mystery and romance I've enjoyed. I'm ashamed to admit, but I rarely read fiction by men anymore.

Travel: I have itchy feet, and love to see the world. My last trip was a week in Iceland with a pair of buddies, and my next is to the bay area to visit one of them (our whale watching tour was canceled due to high waves, so this is the make up). I don't tend to post much before a trip due to paranoia, and then I forget to post anything afterwards. Currently I'm plotting a road trip in the Pacific northwest and a trip to Mongolia as soon as I have money saved up.

Feel free to ask questions. I know I'm mostly a lurker, but I'd love to let other people get to know me.
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Spinning: I finished off two spinning projects this long weekend. The first is a sweater project that keeps evolving. I spun 12 ounces of grey (beige?) natural colored Shetland and 4 ounce of dyed (green to purple to hot pink) Shetland. The first plan was for a stranded pattern, but now it is for a raglan sweater with colored arms (since managed two skeins of equal length with almost matching gradients). Current plan is to adjust the Jen pattern so that the arm splitting and v-neck are at the same point.

The other yarn will probably be used for socks. I broke a braid of Mountain Colors Targhee into three color piles (green, red and yellow), and blended each with .6 ounce Tussah silk (in three fall colors) on the drum carder. I spun each color as a single, then plied them together. I'm not impressed by the yarn, but I think it will blend more when knitted up.

Next up is more Targhee. I'd bought some SW Targhee that is light yellow to brownish green. The repeat was symmetrical, so I just broke it into thirds. Hopefully the plies will line up, and I might have matching toes.

Knitting: I'm actively working two projects. The socks are my portable project. I'd spun up some SW Targhee (which kicked off the Targhee kick). I think I went too fine, and one end of the ball is noticeably finer than the other. One sock is a gradient from green to blue while the other is marled. Who will notice when they're on my feet?

The sweater project doesn't fit in my work bag, so I'm only working on it periodically. It is a big pink cardigan, using up my combo spin with pinks. After three balls, I started on the sleeves. My plot to calculate the sleeves ran into gauge changes, so they're less fitted than intended.
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Navratan Korma recipe for future reference. Tasty. I followed the recipe with the following caveats: butter for ghee, 3 cup frozen vegetable mix (corn, peas, carrots and greenbeans) and 1 cup frozen peas, cut the potato small cubes, Hungarian paprika, one jalapeno pepper for Thai bird chilis, no fenugreek leaves, and regular raisins for golden raisins. I did need to put it in the blender, the stick blender did not work for pureeing this.


Sep. 24th, 2018 11:27 am
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My goal of a big trip abroad every two years was somewhat limited by changing jobs in January, so I planned a week long trip to Iceland with a pair of friends. Now I present a link to a selection of the photos I took. My take away is that it really is as pretty and photogenic as I had been lead to believe. And that it has an endless supply of waterfalls, each amazing in different ways.
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1 frozen pre made (but not cooked) pie crust

1/10 lb shredded Parmesan cheese (the good stuff)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon savory

1/3 onion
1 sweet potato

1/2 brie
3 tablespoon half and half

Thaw and roll out pie crust on baking sheet (I used the one with sides in case of leakage). Mix Parmesan and spices in bowl, put one half on pie crust, leaving 1/2 inch uncovered.

Slice onion into small slivers, slice sweet potato into thin coins (I used my mandolin and my metal glove, managed not to slice myself). Fry onions until start to get clear, add sweet potato until partially floppy. I could have cooked them less.

Place onion and sweet potato slices in layers on pie crust, leaving half inch around the outside clear. Top with rest of Parmesan. Cut the brie into small chunks, place on top. Fold the half inch of clear pie crust up over the sweet potatoes. Dribble the half and half over the sweet potatoes. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, let cool for 15 minutes. Tasty.

Changes I would consider would be - half the Parmesan and add bacon and/or walnuts.
(recipe roughly following Ken Haedrich's Dinner Pies)
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Adapted from Dinner Pies by Ken Haedrich

1.5 lb stew beef
1/2 c flour
1 large onion
2 package chopped mushrooms
some garlic (5 cloves?)
3 c beef broth (or 1 14 oz can and 1 cup of drippings from last weeks mole beef)
1/2 red wine (or sherry, if that's all you have in the house)
1 large potato
2 carrots
1.5 c frozen peas
3 tbsp tomato paste (or three good squeezes of tomato concentrate
1.5 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1.5 tsp dried thyme
1.5 tsp dried oregano
1/4 c flour
1 c milk
2 c biscuit mix

Coat the beef with the flour. Then brown in pot in two batches, the remove. Then saute cut onion, mushrooms and garlic. Return beef, and add beef broth and wine. Simmer, and add potato, carrots, peas, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, time and oregano. Simmer gently for 30 minutes covered. Put 1/4 c flour in bowl, mix in ladlefulls of liquid from pot, stir until smooth. Add thickening agent to pot, simmer for a few more minutes. Add to large casserole dish. Mix milk and biscuit mix in separate bowl. Form into small discs, place on top of beef mixture. Back at 375 for 40 minutes.
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In case I've got some peaches to use up. I'd probably cut down the amount.
1 gallon Mason jar
1+ pound raspberries
Lots of peaches
High proof vodka
Vanilla bean
Take mason jar, pack as tightly and as full of sliced peaches (skin on) and raspberries as you can. Insert 1 split vanilla bean. Top with sugar, fill jar with vodka. Shake well 2x daily for 3 weeks, then let sit for 3-4 months on a dark shelf, shaking every week.


Jul. 1st, 2018 07:05 pm
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Could I post everyday of Tour de Fleece? I mean, I've never been regular, but I'm even less so now.

My current spinning project is Greens. The wool is either BFL, or likely BFL, and some silk. There was one bump of BFL/Silk in greens, some more of various yellows and greens and blues, one of undyed mixed browns, some unlabeled stash fiber dyed blues and greens, some BFL I dyed greens and blues, and some chartreuse silk noil. I carded it all together, and spun on Urd. (Actually, first I picked out a pattern, carded a couple of batts first, sampled and then decided at that grist I needed more fiber to make the required yardage). I saved approx 4 ounces back to spin matching sock yarn if I had enough for the desired sweater (Water and Stone). The singles are done. I think I put a bit to much twist in them. I've started plying, and there's a lot in there, with a some bits of coiled that slip in. I think it to should make the cables pop, to balance out that the heathering is going to hide them.
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Honestly, I just followed the recipe this time, with minimal substitution (dried thyme for fresh). I thought I substituted baby bella mushrooms for the listed cremini, but when I did research I found out they are just two names for the same thing. Apparently white, cremini and portabella the same mushroom at differing maturities, and cremini are being marketed as baby bella. I shall be very smug as I eat it for lunch at work. I might be making fed money, but I can budget like I was making state money.
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Via [personal profile] yhlee: Find the nearest book to you, turn to page 45, and read the first sentence: this describes your sex life in 2018.

Between the Kansas border and a little town called Genoa, Interstate 70 crosses coarse Tertiary gravel that surfaces the central and southern High Plains, gravel carried here by streams flowing eastward from the Rocky Mountains. (Roadside Geology of Colorado, pulled to review the geology I will see from the train on my way to New Mexico)


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